Railways to develop routes dedicated to Freight Trains in South India: Suresh Prabhu

COIMBATORE: Indian Railways is in the process of developing a Southern Freight Corridor (SFC), which would be connected to one of three corridors, Union minister Suresh Prabhu said today.

The three Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC) planned by the Railways will provide logistics support to the ‘Make in India’ campaign and one of the corridors will be connected with the Southern corridor for the benefit of smooth movement of freight from Southern states, Prabhu told reporters here.

“The southern states will significantly benefit from the DFC as it will be connected to southern part of the country,” he said.

Stating that freight corridors will completely criss-cross the country boosting freight movement, Prabhu said, “We will have to develop a huge backbone of infrastructure for the logistics, if Make in India has to succeed.”

He said that 10 products were the mainstay of Railway’s income and two-third of the revenue came from the freight.

However the income from freight was on a declining trend in the last couple of years, despite increase in tonnage, and in order to augment revenue, freight rates will be reduced soon, Prabhu said.

To a query on plans to help farmers in distress, Prabhu said that the Railways has operated additional freight trains to lift onions from Maharashtra to help the farmers.

Noting that transportation of the produce was the biggest problem being faced by the farmers, the minister assured that Railways will extend any support required for them and asked Container Corporation of India to look into the issue.

Stating that the farmers, who are in difficulty, are of the top priority of the Government, Prabhu said that if required necessary cold chains and storage facilities can be extended to them.

To another question on GST implementation, he said “It is good for economy.”

Bleeding Suburban Rail Systems to get States’ support

Draft policy on suburban rail puts major onus on States. The catalyst for the ‘hands-off’ policy, according to officials, is the bleeding status of its seven current suburban railway systems

It seems the railway ministry has finally had enough of running suburban systems. In a draft policy issued a couple of days ago to all state governments by the Works Planning directorate of the ministry, the latter has put all responsibility of conjuring up new suburban systems in cities on the respective states. State governments have been asked to give their feedback in the next fortnight.

The catalyst for the ‘hands-off’ policy, according to officials, is the bleeding status of its seven current suburban railway systems. According to the CAG report tabled in June this year, the cumulative losses from the suburban systems of Central, Eastern, South-Central, South-Eastern, Southern, Western and Kolkata Metro for the period 2010-15 stands at a whopping Rs 13,631 crore. During this period, the Railways carried a total of 3,054 crores, of which suburban passengers accounted for 2,225 crores or 72 per cent of all passengers.

According to the draft policy released this week, “feasibility studies for suburban projects, duly considering the technical requirements, site feasibility and operational requirements, shall be carried out by the state government at their own cost.” Another criteria is that, “the complete cost of land acquisition, leasing of railway land and resettlement and rehabilitation shall be met by the states, by providing interest-free subordinate debt to the Special Purpose Vehicle or from its own resources.”

Going further, the draft states that “guarantees for the loans to be taken by the SPV shall be provided by the state government.”

The future sustenance of the suburban system has been given to the state government. The draft statement states that “state government would set up a dedicated urban transport fund at state level and city level through levy of dedicated taxes, levies, betterment tax, impact fee, development charges and higher floor area ratio in the influence zone of proposed railway stations to create a pool of resources for part financing the project’s capital cost, replacement of assets and providing operational subsidies.”

Trains to North via.Bhopal Division cancelled due to heavy rains in TN & AP

train halted tambaramBhopal: In view of the heavy rain causing waterlogging on the railway tracks in Tamil Nadu and derailment in Guntakal railway division, several trains passing through Bhopal division will remain affected on October 18 and 19, that would be cancelled from their originating stations a day earlier.

Due to water over flowing above danger level on Railway Bridge No. 167 between Tada and Sullurpet stations on Gudur – Chennai section, bank slip between Yellakaru and Venkatagiri stations & Vendodu – Kondagunta stations and derailment between Nandalur-Mantapampalli on Guntakal Division,  the following trains are cancelled / rescheduled as detailed below:-

Trains Cancelled on 17th November, 2015:-

  1. Train No. 02510 Kamakhya – Bangalore Cantonment Suvidha Special is cancelled.

Trains Cancelled on 18th November, 2015:-

  1. Train No. 12761 Tirupati – Karimnagar Express scheduled to depart Tirupati at 22.40 hrs is cancelled.
  2. Train No. 12552 Kamakhya – Yesvantapur AC Express scheduled to depart Kamakhya at 14.00 hrs is cancelled.
  3. Train No. 12840 Chennai Central –Howrah Mail scheduled to depart Chennai Central at 23.45 hrs is cancelled.
  4. Train No. 12842 Chennai Central –Howrah Coromandel Express scheduled to depart Chennai Central at 08.45 hrs is cancelled.
  5. Train No. 13352 Alleppey – Dhanbad Express scheduled to depart Alleppy at 06.00 hrs is cancelled.
  6. Train No. 22604 Villupuram – Kharagpur Express scheduled to depart Villupuram at 11.40 hrs is cancelled.
  7. Train No. 12841 Howrah – Chennai Central Coromandel Express scheduled to depart Howrah at 14.50 hrs is cancelled.
  8. Train No. 17488 Visakapatnam – Tirupati Tirumala Express scheduled to depart Visakapatnam at 14.00 hrs is cancelled.
  9. Train No. 12516 Guwahati – Trivandrum Central Express scheduled to depart Guwahati at 06.20 hrs is cancelled.
  10. Train No. 06335 Guwahati – Kochuvelli special scheduled to depart Guwahati at 23.25 hrs is
  11. Train No. 08301 Sambalpur – Yesvantapur special scheduled to depart Sambalpur at 08.50 hrs is cancelled.
  12. Train No. 12245 Howrah – Yesvantapur Doronto Express scheduled to depart Howrah at 11.00 hrs is cancelled.
  13. Train No. 02841 Santragachi – Chennai Central Special scheduled to depart Santragachi at 19.00 hrs is cancelled.
  14. Train No. 02848 Chennai Central – Howrah Special scheduled to depart Chennai Central at 17.10 hrs is cancelled.
  15. Train No. 18464 Bangalore – Bhubaneshwar Prashanti Express scheduled to depart Bangalore at 00 hrs is cancelled.
  16. Train No. 57273 Hubli – Tirupati Passenger scheduled to depart Hubli at 11.00 hrs is cancelled.
  17. Train No. 07324 Hubli – Chennai Central special scheduled to depart Hubli at 20.20 hrs is
Railway tracks are flooded due to heavy rain at the Egmore Railway Station in Chennai
Railway tracks are flooded due to heavy rain at the Egmore Railway Station in Chennai

Trains Cancelled on 20th November, 2015:

  1. Train No. 15630 Guwahati – Chennai Central scheduled to depart Guwahati at 15.00 hrs is cancelled.
  2. Train No. 08302 Yesvantapur – Sambalpur special scheduled to depart Yewsvantapur at 00.30 hrs is cancelled.

 Train Rescheduled:

  1. Train No. 11011 Mumbai LTT – H.S.Nanded scheduled to depart Mumbai LTT at 12.05 hrs on 18th Novemeber, 2015 is rescheduled to depart at 05.00 hrs on 19th Novemeber, 2015.

Among trains cancelled on October 17 from source stations are – 12651 Sampark Kranti Express, 16093 Andaman Express, 12512 Raptisagar Express, 12626 Kerala Express, 12616 GT Express, 12270 Nizamuddin-Chennai Duronto Express, 12622 Tamil Nadu Express, 12615 GT Express, 12621 Tamil Nadu Express, 12967 Chennai-Jaipur Express and 12642 Trivandrum-Nizamuddin Express. Train no 22403 Pondicherry-New Delhi Express would remain cancelled from its source station on October 18.

Special Trains

Railways has decided to run special trains to clear rush of passengers. For this, special trains will be run between Lucknow-Mumbai LTT and Raxaul-Bangalore. Train no 02107/02108 LTT-Lucknow-LTT AC Special will be run for two trips. On November 21 and 28, train no 02107 will depart from LTT to Lucknow while on November 22 and 29, train no 02108 will depart from Lucknow to LTT. These trains will stop at Habibganj station.

Meanwhile, special train no 05589/05590 Raxaul-Bangalore City-Raxaul will be run just one day. On November 21, train no 05589 will leave Raxaul station on 1.30 pm, arrive at Itarsi next day at 12.55 pm and reach Bangalore on third day at 11 pm. Similarly, train no 05590 will depart from Bangalore city station on November 24 at 11.30 pm, reach Itarsi next day at 1.40 pm and arrive at Raxaul on third day at 4.30 pm.

Rail Minister asks all PSUs to undertake more Railway projects

In a review meeting with the heads of the Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) under the administrative control of Railways, Prabhu also sought strong presence of all Railway PSUs on the social networking sites for dissemination of information to the public

Suresh at PSE meetingNew Delhi: Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu held a review meeting with the CMD/MD of the Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) under the administrative control of Ministry of Railways. In addition, the meeting was attended by Chairman, Railway Board and other Board Members.

The Railway Minister directed that the CPSEs should ensure transparency in their working and to follow the best practices in their tenders / contracts and other activities etc. He also told the CPSEs to be ready to undertake more Railway projects which may be given to them shortly. They should be ready to leverage their resources and reserves for these projects. Funds should not be a constraint for the Railway projects.

He also directed that all the CPSEs should make all out effort to show profit and hand over healthy dividend to the Railways. Turnover / Production targets fro the financial year 2015-16 should be exceeded. Each of the projects undertaken by them should be meticulously planned. The CAPEX targets should be met without fail. It should be examined whether the production units and workshops of Railways may adopt the method of profit and loss accounting.

In the review meeting with the heads of the Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) under the administrative control of railways, Prabhu also sought strong presence of all railway PSUs on the social networking sites for dissemination of information to the public.

All of them were asked to open their Facebook account and Twitter handle and inform the public about the work being done by these units, a senior Railway Ministry official said. The CPSEs have been asked to develop their own Facebook and Twitter handle and inform the public about the good work being done by them.

The Railways PSUs participated in the review meeting included: Container Corporation of India Ltd.(CONCOR), IRCON International Ltd., Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), Indian Railways Finance Corporation (IRFC), Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. (KRCL), Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. (RVNL),RailTel Corporation of India Ltd. (RCIL),RITES Ltd.,Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd. (DFCCIL), Burn Standard Company Ltd.,Braithwaite & Company Limited, Bharat Wagons Engineering Ltd. (BWEL), Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (KMRCL).

RailTel OFC Communication Network to boost National Telecom Policy 2012

RailTel Corporation of India Limited is a Schedule-A Telecom Public Sector Enterprise under Ministry of Railways.  Incorporated on 26th September, 2009, RailTel has more than 42,000 Route Km of Optical Fiber Cable running along Indian Railway track as on date in many parts of the country.  RailTel is having fibers at every station enroute, spaced at 8-10 Kms to meet Railway operations. RailTel is laying fibers in uncovered sections & shall complete 54,000Km of Rail route & covering most of the stations & commercial requirement (5000+) on its backbone. This network is designed in a 3 Layered topology for its efficient utilization and management.The three layers viz. Access Layer, Edge Layer & Backbone layer enables required capacity with desired granularity. Access layer provides of STM-1 (155Mbps) capacity at stations, spaced at every 8-10 Kms. The traffic from access layer is aggregated on to the Edge layer having STM-16 connectivity, which is available in important locations at every 50-60 Kms. Collecting the traffic from edge layer is finally aggregated on to the Backbone layer with DWDM/STM-16/64 available in big cities/towns situated at every 60-70 Kms. Over that RailTel has built “state of the art” backbone network using latest SDH & DWDM technology. Presently, 400 cities covering over 30,000 RKMs are connected on backbone network with STM-16 (2.5 Gbps) connectivity across the country. We have implemented DWDM network over 10,000 RKM to provide 100mbps, which may be further augmented, to 400 Gbps as & when required. RailTel plans to cover complete CORE network on DWDM network within a year. For Trouble Free Service to our customers, Backbone Network have been configured in multiple ‘Self Healing’ ring architecture which provides redundancy by automatically redirecting traffic away from failed/ de-graded route .It supports SNCP and MS-Spring protection schemes. It is designed in such a way that full redundancy is available for bandwidth between any two points. RailTel is servicing all Telco’s in the country through its OFC network. RailTel also serves some Enterprises customer through its MPLS,IBW network. RailTel’s strength is in providing access to rural & remote areas and with commissioning of OFC in new sections everywhere; we enable digital connectivity to unconnected. (CLICK ON THE MAP TO ENLARGE VIEW)